Twistleton Scar Walk near Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales. A quick route for photographers with map & photos

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Most photos you see online of the old weathered tree's at Twistleton Scar are of the moody, desolate, cloudy nature - heres a rare one with blue sky on this scouting mission.

A quick "scouting mission" walk at Twistleton Scar, near Ingleton

This was a really quick walk, on a nice summers day, with the sole aim of checking out Twistleton Scar End for future photo opportunities when the skies and weather is more dramatic (but less pleasant!) I was in the area with not much time to spare - and as it was a really nice afternoon, I thought I might as well check the place out! For those looking for a longer walk in this area have a look at this route www.daleswalks.co.uk/walks/twistleton- my walk was done in an hour!

I'd been browsing around the web for photographic places of interest in the Yorkshire Dales, and came across some stunning photos of what I found out to be Twistleton Scar End. (I saved off some of these beautiful images which can be found on another blog post of mine containing my favourite images of Twistleton Scar End here

My favourite images were taken in the golden hour around sunset - and around November time when the sunset is in the right place behind the trees (From what I can gather from www.suncalc.net anyway!) But I was in the area on a summer day with clear blue skies - so my photos were going to be of a different mood! But I done this walk not with the aim of taking some great moody photos - but just more to enjoy a walk in the sun, scope the place out and see exactly what it was like up there. With the aim to one day return when I have more time on my hands.

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The tree's up here at Twistelton Scar End are pretty weather beaten by the wind and make a good photo subject - you just need to know where to find them!

Are you a photographer looking for information on the location of Twistleton Scar End to take photos of the distinctive trees and rock formations?

For the photographers searching the web looking for info on Twistleton Scar and who come across this blog - I  would recommend doing a similar quick route up to Twisteton Scar End, as you need to be able to get here fast in cold weather or fading light - when the area looks it's most impressive. You can park quite near the south-west end of Twistleton Scar - get up there quickly in about 30 mins and take your photos where the best, most weathered trees are right on the edge of Twistleton Scar End at the south-west end.

There are actually 2 different locations where you can park your car quite near to Twistelon Scar End. I have called these Car Parking Location #1, which is where I parked my car on this particular walk (room for only 2/3 cars). However, Car Parking Location #2, mentioned at the end of this blog post actually offers more space for cars, and I would recommend there if you go to Twistelton Scar on a busy day.

There are some excellent photo opportunities and compositions to be had up at Twistleton Scar End


My quick walk up to Twistleton Scar (Car Parking Location #1):

On this occasion I drove my car from Ingleton on a single track road called Oddies Lane and then onto the Roman Road. There is not much space to park on this road - maybe space for 2/3 cars on the grass verge. See map below where I parked (On the Roman Road near where it says Beezleys). To others unfamiliar with this area I would recommend the parking location mentioned at the foot of this blog post (car parking location #2) - as there are lots more potential parking spaces.

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The red circle at the end of the red line is where I parked my car by the side of the road on this occasion (Car Parking Location #1)

From my parking spot it was simply through the gate and about 500m along a well marked path up to Twistleton Scar End. Straight away, at the edge of the Scar, you notice the weathered limestone pavement rock formations and the odd withered tree uniquely shaped by the wind and scattered around, perched on rock edges. These trees and unique rock patterns are what the photographers come for - so I got my camera out and just wandered around the immediate area getting a feel for the place. Twistleton Scar is in-itself quite a big area - and there is a lot to explore so I would love to come back here and do a much longer walk right across the Scar - and recommend it to others as this area is a unique and beautiful place.

Photos of this particular Twistleton Scar Walk:

You can see the start of Twistleton Scar End from this parking spot - although the foot path does snake round a bit and its not straight up. As you can see there are large boulders on the grass verge here besides the road - so actual spaces to fit a car are limited (For others reading this blog I would recommend Car Parking Location #2 - mentioned further down the post).

There you go - Twistleton Scar end is 1/4 mile walk! Pretty short eh!

It's a well marked path so you can't go wrong really.

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Twistelton Scar End from the path below

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The weatherd limestone comes more into view

We are approaching the top of Twistleton Scar End now and the rock starts to poke out from the grass.

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The first trees you come across are maybe the most wind weathered ones as they are right on the edge of the hill.

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There's quite a large area to explore the rock formations, and the weathered trees or dotted around.

There are some excellent photo opportunities and compositions to be had up at Twistleton Scar End. Many photos I personally like of Twistleton Scar End are of sunsets and moody skies, so it's best to plan these in advance and get up here early as sunsets don't last long :-)

These limestone pavement's are a massive feature of the Yorkshire Dales.

Some tree's seem to survive quite well up here!

Twistleton Scar is quite a unique place and is good to potter about and even bring the kids on a nice day!

Just don't fall down the cracks :-)

Some of the tree's sit proudly and defiant right on the edge of Twistleton Scar End

Time to head back to the car

Twistelton Scar End - Car Parking Location #2

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Here's another parking spot shown by the red arrow. Car Parking Location #2 offers more spaces than the spot mentioned higher up the blog. If you are going in the car - from Thornton-in-Lonsdale head up Thornton Lane. From this car parking location - walk south-east on the clearly marked foot path and then you will join the same path up to Twistleton Scar End that feature on my route & photos above.  (The blue & green arrows on the map show the most popular trees that are photographed on Twistleton Scar End)

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Here is a screenshot from Google maps showing the ideal place to park the car at Car Parking Location #2 and then onto a walk up to Twistleton Scar end. This spot is also shown on the map above where the red arrow is.

And here are the co-ordinates and location for Car Parking Spot #2, for quick access to Twistelton Scar end. This is my recommended parking spot as there are more spaces to park your car  [Click image to enlarge]

So there you go, I hope this blog post has proved useful in shedding some light on how to do a quick walk up Twistleton Scar End, and where exactly to park the car to give you the shortest and quickest walk which every photographer who has a load of gear to carry in bad weather and fading light might appreciate :-). I'm looking forward to visiting the area again in future to do some longer walks and also in different conditions when the (bad!) weather gives it a whole new atmosphere - and with these parking spots it means I can do it quite quickly if the weather happens to be freezing and raining! I also plan to do a walk that takes in Ingleton Falls (Thornton Force, Pecca Falls, Twistelton Scar End, Beezley Falls and Snow Falls) Watch this space!

If you have any further questions, or anything isn't clear - feel free to post a comment and I'll try to help. I do hope this blog post does inspire you to visit the area, as it's a very unique landscape and a photographers dream. If you do take some pics - post a comment and send some links - it would be great to see the different conditions and compositions people come up with :)

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions - just post a comment and I'll try and answer. 

Post by Stuart Hodgson 
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  1. Thank you Stuart!!

    I went there last Sunday... a bit last minute, and I never would have gone if I had not stumbled on your directions. I had a perfect afternoon/evening during a thunderstorm... no blue sky ;-)

    Three shots, as requested:




    Again - thank you very much for the directions - saved my day ;-)

  2. you've got some quality compositions there. Amazing how much the weather conditions change the atmosphere of the place - I hope to go up again whenever I'm in the area and get some moodier shots. Glad the blog post helped you out - i couldn't find much information on twistleton walks/routes before I visited - so thought i'd share a quick route for the photographers amongst us :)

    Here is a link to another blog of mine - which shows a couple of photos which inspired me to visit the place - no doubt lots more brilliant pics of twistleton kicking about - its a very photogenic place

  3. Outstanding picture there... incredible light and composition. The photographer has obviously got more discipline than me.... waking up quite early ;)

    I really like the idea behind the blog, and I have bookmarked it.... but it's killing me at the same time, looking at all that beauty! The green eyed monster and all that ;)

    Just out of curiosity - are all the pictures taken in the UK?

  4. Yeh some good pics of Twistleton Scar there and I'm sure there are lots more out there that I haven't seen. My faves tend to be in the golden hour - just before or after sunrise/sunset - so you've got to either sacrifice a bit of sleep to get up early - or walk down in the dark - I've done both a few times - and looking back - the sacrifice is definitely worth it if you get some stunning pics :-)

    I know what you mean with the blog and other peoples photos - on one hand you are really impressed with what people capture and the places they see - then a little bit of you wishes you had similar photos in your own collection. I tend though just use other peoples images as inspiration - try and learn from them and analyse whats good about them - and try and become a better photographer because of it. What i do do though is whenever I come across a landscape that just looks an amazing place - I try and find out where it was and add is the list of places I would love to see and photograph. It's a big list - but I've got a lifetime to do it - keeps me inspired and motivated and looking forward to visiting new places - and I guess I never want to get to the point where I have been & photographed everywhere I want to go (and revisit) because if that tiem come it would be time to put away the camera :-( As for where the photos are taken - most are in the Uk I think - but there are others from around the world. If one pic catches your eye - try and follow up that particular photographers website and no doubt you will find the photo/location you like. One place I come across recently that I would love to visit/photograph is from Elgol on the Isle of Skye - looking towards the Cullin Range. If you google elgol - you will find some stunning photos and stunning landscapes :-) It's high on my list to visit now

  5. Hi Stuart! Great blog. Really helpful.

    We were there 2 months ago (we’re photographers from Tenerife). We took the long walk up. It took us almost 3 hours to get there. We’re going again in May, with other spanish photographers and will certainly use your helpful information to get there in time for dawn (that’s what we wanted last time).

    If you have them, could you post the coordinates to both the parking spots you recommend, so as to not get lost, as we are not familiar with the area, and our GPS didn’t help too much last time we were there. Thanks!

    1. Hi - glad you found it useful. I have added the coordinates of the 2 parking spots to the end of my blog post as others might find them of use (the coordinates are inserted as a screen shot from bing.com/maps (ordnance survey option - which is very very useful for people like me to plan walks. If you are searching on maps yourself - search for Ingleton, Yorkshire and you should be able to find the spots to the north of Ingleton.

  6. Hello Stuart,
    Do you know a way up to the area south east of the dry stone wall that intersects the ‘i’ and ‘s’ in the word Twistleton Scar End on your last map please?
    I’ve been up there this afternoon (ridiculously windy!) and just couldn’t find a way over the wall and couldn’t locate a stile either. I have been over the wall and on the other side in snow in December and January 2017 but I think the wall must have been repaired since then.

    1. Hi David - it’s been a while since I was up there - the wall may indeed have been altered - although the official footpath routes should still remain?


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